Post #7 Opposition

Post #7 Opposition


Opposition & Persecution



Let me make two straight points right this second.


One: You will be persecuted and opposed.


These are facts you can take to the bank.

Opposition and persecution are solid truths to being a disciple following Jesus. 1

If you surrender all to God daily, if you simply just desire to live a holy life, you will be persecuted.

In fact, everyone who wants to
live a godly life in Christ Jesus
will be persecuted,
while evil men and impostors
will go from bad to worse,
deceiving and being deceived.

(2 Timothy 3:12-13)

You are probably already aware the world at large does not like Christians so there is no reason to think you will be exempt from opposition if you follow hard after Jesus. In many situations the opposition starts on the home-front. 2

Indeed, in Seattle of Washington State they are rabidly anti-Christian and will even use the police to run the righteous out of town.

Remember this is a spiritual battle and the Devil, the enemy of your soul, will throw opposition into your path toward the Living God.3

The slanders, the questioning of God, the fear-mongering, the “what-ifs” are piled on in order to keep you from repenting. Best seek God for the power to tune them out or you will one day be down there roasting in hell with them.

However, more importantly than the fact of hell is that you will miss out on the Abundant Life.4

Indeed, if you have started to just have a small desire to live a holy life for God then no doubt you have had friends and family start to question exactly what is wrong with you.

Besides opposition from respected religious leaders some of your worst enemies will arise from family members.5

Jesus said it would so – and you can trust Him.

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ” ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law– a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

(Matthew 10:34-39)


Two: God Will Protect


God will protect you from what you cannot endure.

The trouble is in God you are capable, or will be enabled to take more opposition than you think. This would take sermons to explain but in nutshell that is the main point you will suffer in Jesus on some level.

For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him, since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had, and now hear that I still have.

(Philippians 1:29-30)

You will suffer opposition and persecution but God is always faithful to empower those who are suffering for His sake.

The real question is, are you willing to endure all things God calls for because of your love for Him?

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy– to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

(Jude 1:24-25)


Summary


Trouble will come your way if you start thinking about following Jesus.

Persecution will happen in your life as you walk the narrow road, but only those who remain faithful till the end are welcomed into heaven.

Those on the rock are the ones
who receive the word with joy when they hear it,
but they have no root.
They believe for a while,
but in the time of testing they fall away.

(Luke 8:13)


Timothy Williams
Because Jesus Said “Sit Down”
www.luke1425.org


References

  • 1 Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. (Acts 20:30)
  • 2 “…a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ (Matthew 10:36)
  • 3 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. (1 Peter 5:8-9)
  • 4 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)
  • 5 There are exemptions but they are rare: The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God–he and his whole family. (Acts 16:34)

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